By Jueseppi B.
The single most dangerous thing in politics and human & civil rights is NOT knowing what the opposition is up to and how they plan to remove your civil & human rights. Civil liberties are very simple to remove……
Table of Contents
How to Use this Toolkit………………3
Why the Senator Lee Letter…………4
Text of Senator Lee’s Letter…………5
Talking points on Obamacare……6
Sample Social Media posts……….7
The Relationship between Obama…..8
How to Write a Letter to the Editor………9
Suggested Responses for Congressional Offices………10
Sample letter to Senator about Defunding Obamacare………12
Sample letter to Congressman about Defunding Obamacare……13
Media Clips and Highlights of the Exempt America Tour…………14
About Tea Party Patriots………………………17
Toolkit for Activists
How to Use this Toolkit
Tea Party Patriots’ support team provides weekly toolkits that correspond to the major legislative
battles taking place in Washington, DC. This toolkit aims to provide background information and
sample tools for engagement on the topic of defunding Obamacare.
This toolkit is designed to be used by individuals and groups alike. We have included many
resources, such as letters to the editor, which can be signed by an individualor an entire tea party group.
We encourage you to use the sample blog posts, sample social media, and sample letters as a
guideline to start your own creative process.
If you see something missing, or have any recommendations for future toolkits, please let us know.
We always love to hear how local groups and individual activists are using these resources to get
The Tea Party Patriots’ National Support Team
The Tea Party movement spontaneously formed in 2009 from the reaction of the American people to fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided “stimulus” spending, bailouts and takeovers of private industry. Within the first few weeks of the movement, Tea Party Patriots formed to support the millions of Americans seeking to improve our great nation through renewed support for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market economic policies.
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The Tea Party Patriots’ mission is to restore America’s founding principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.
OUR CORE PRINCIPLES
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY means not overspending, and not burdening our children and grandchildren with our bills. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: “the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity [is] swindling futurity on a large scale.” A more fiscally responsible government will take fewer taxes from our paychecks.
CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED GOVERNMENT means power resides with the people and not with the government. Governing should be done at the most local level possible where it can be held accountable. America’s founders believed that government power should be limited, enumerated, and constrained by our Constitution. Tea Party Patriots agree. The American people make this country great, not our government.
FREE MARKET ECONOMICS made America an economic superpower that for at least two centuries provided subsequent generations of Americans more opportunities and higher standards of living. An erosion of our free markets through government intervention is at the heart of America’s current economic decline, stagnating jobs, and spiraling debt and deficits. Failures in government programs and government-controlled financial markets helped spark the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Further government interventions and takeovers have made this Great Recession longer and deeper. A renewed focus on free markets will lead to a more vibrant economy creating jobs and higher standards of living for future generations.
Why you should oppose Obamacare
- Increases Health Care Costs
- Causes Insurance Premiums To Rise
- Hurts Quality Of Health Care
- Nearly $570 Billion In Tax Hikes
- Adds Over $500 Billion To The Debt …
- … The individual mandate is an intrusion into personal liberty. …
- … Tax increases in the new health care law will impede an already stagnant economic recovery. …
- … An honest accounting of the new health care law’s fiscal impact reveals Obamacare as a trillion-dollar budget buster. …
- … The employer mandate will raise the cost of doing business and discourage job growth. …
- … Health care exchanges and subsidies in Obamacare further complicate the tax structure and discourage work. …
- … The new law’s concept of health insurance exchanges reduces states to mere agents of federal health policy. …
- … Benefit mandates prescribed by the new health care law will make all health benefits uniform, increase the cost of coverage, and stifle insurance innovation. …
- … The age-rating rules of Obamacare and blanket prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions will destabilize insurance markets. …
- … Giving the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) power to sponsor national health insurance plans could crowd out private coverage in the health insurance exchanges. …
- … The new health care law cuts deeply into Medicare Advantage plans, resulting in substantial reductions in the value of health care services for enrollees. …
- … Using projected Medicare savings to finance new entitlements expansion jeopardizes Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care. …
- … The new Medicare board is prohibited by law from making any meaningful reforms. …
- … Instead of reforming Medicaid, the new health care law doubles down on the program’s existing flaws. …
- … A new entitlement created by Obamacare, the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) program is actuarially unsound and fiscally irresponsible. …
- … The new health care law fails to protect the conscience rights of physicians who refuse to provide or refer patients for abortions… or the conscience rights of taxpayers who refuse to pay for abortions. …
From The Nation:
Say someone blows the wheels off a moving train and blames the accident on whoever built the engine. Fair game?
That’s precisely what Republicans are up to with their onslaught against Obamacare. Their tactics go well beyond political opposition: as others have pointed out, what’s happening now is deliberate sabotage of a duly enacted and Supreme Court–affirmed law. This morning Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, called the GOP’s efforts to block the implementation of the law “unprecendented” and “sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials with the fiduciary responsibility of governing.”
The GOP has a narrowing window in which to wreck the rollout and blame structural deficiencies in the law, and they’re intent on smashing their way through it. Not only are they sacrificing the well-being of millions of Americans—now they’re gambling the global economy, too.
Here’s a blueprint for the GOP’s sabotage act, which runs the gamut from spreading half-truths to, as John Boehner himself put it, “risk[ing] the full faith and credit of the United States.”
Refuse to expand Medicaid
The Supreme Court’s ruling last year gave states the right to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, which is one of the most significant pieces of the ACA in terms of the impact it will have on the uninsured and its importance to the overall success of the law. More than twenty states—most fully controlled by Republicans in the legislature and the governor’s office—are denying some of the neediest Americans care by refusing to expand the program. Some 9.7 million of the 15 million potentially eligible adults live in states that are refusing to expand or have not indicated whether they will do so.
Refuse to create state insurance exchanges
More than half the states have declined to establish their own insurance marketplaces. All but six are run by Republican governors and a Republican-majority legislature. Residents will still be able to buy insurance through the federal exchange, but without cooperation and promotion from state officials, it will be more difficult to reach the uninsured.
Waste time and money voting for repeal
In the past three years, House Republicans have devoted at least 15 percent of their time on the House floor trying to ruin the ACA, voting thirty-nine times to repeal, defund or delay the law. These legislative efforts have cost taxpayers upward of $50 million. Meanwhile, the GOP hasn’t offered any alternative healthcare plans of its own. These votes present no existential threat to the law, since repeal will never get through the Senate or the White House. But repeated attacks reinforce the idea that the ACA is still up for debate and that its future is uncertain. As of April, four in ten Americans were unaware that the ACA is the law and that it is being implemented.
Block improvements to the law
While implementation has brought certain weaknesses in the ACA to light, there’s about zero chance that the GOP will support operational or funding fixes. Some of the concerns raised—for example, that employers will cut full-time workers in order to avoid providing insurance for their employees—could be met with simple changes. If the GOP’s full-out attack on the Obama administration after its decision to delay the employer mandate for a year in order to smooth out some of these issues is any indication, the GOP will do no more than exploit efforts to improve the law.
Republicans squawking about rate shocks are presenting misleading numbers, particularly in Indiana and Ohio. One of the simplest ways the GOP fudges calculations to make anticipated premium prices look higher than they will be is by not factoring in the federal subsidies that will cut the cost of the premiums for most people buying coverage. Expect the volume of lying to rise when legislators return to their home districts during the August recess.
Discourage private partnerships
When Massachusetts was promoting Romneycare in 2007, the state partnered with the Red Sox to educate residents about the new law and encourage enrollment. Public education is key to the ACA rollout, too, and the White House has enlisted celebrities and sports franchises to raise awareness, particularly in target groups like healthy young men. The GOP is trying to scare off potential partners, and it has already succeeded with the NFL.
Refuse to assist constituents
Not only are Republicans spreading misinformation and ruining education campaigns, they have also indicated that they won’t help confused constituents navigate the law or access benefits. Congressional offices expect a wave of calls once enrollment begins in the fall, but several Republicans told The Hill they weren’t preparing to answer questions. “All we can do is pass them back to the Obama administration,” Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz said. “They’re responsible for it.”
Hold the entire government hostage
The fiscal year ends in twenty-three days, and Congress and the White House aren’t anywhere close to a budget agreement. More than a dozen senators, including the number-two and -three Republican leaders John Cornyn and John Thune along with Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, sent a letter to Harry Reid this week threatening to shut down the government if any money goes to implementing the ACA. “If Democrats will not agree with Republicans that Obamacare must be repealed, perhaps they can at least agree with the president that the law cannot be implemented as written,” the letter reads. “We will not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obamacare.”
Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who did not sign the letter, told reporters he planned to abide by a budget agreement worked out in 2011 that contains funding for the ACA. John Boehner warned back in March that wagering “the full faith and credit of the United States over defunding Obamacare” would be “a very tough argument to make.” Still, shutdown threats could cause a major headache, and they may resurface in the debt ceiling negotiations that will follow an eventual budget deal.
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Why work to undermine the Affordable Care Act so aggressively if, as Republicans claim, the law is fundamentally flawed? One reason is that the party hopes to leverage the chaos into political benefit. More significantly, the risks of an effective ACA are just too high. Once the full range of benefits begins to reach people with pre-existing conditions, low-income adults, employees and millions of other citizens, it’s going to be a lot harder to make the argument that the ACA is ruining the country or that such benefits should be denied.
Even conservatives like pundit Byron York are looking in trepidation to January 1, when federal dollars to offset premiums will begin to flow. “At that point, the Republican mantra of total repeal will become obsolete,” York wrote earlier this week. Ultimately, success would prove just how much time and money the party has wasted in making opposition to healthcare their chief policy platform.
From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.
Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.
It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.
“We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse,” said one coalition member, Michael A. Needham, who runs Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. “At least at Heritage Action, we felt very strongly from the start that this was a fight that we were going to pick.”
Last week the country witnessed the fallout from that strategy: a standoff that has shuttered much of the federal bureaucracy and unsettled the nation.
To many Americans, the shutdown came out of nowhere. But interviews with a wide array of conservatives show that the confrontation that precipitated the crisis was the outgrowth of a long-running effort to undo the law, the Affordable Care Act, since its passage in 2010 — waged by a galaxy of conservative groups with more money, organized tactics and interconnections than is commonly known.
With polls showing Americans deeply divided over the law, conservatives believe that the public is behind them. Although the law’s opponents say that shutting down the government was not their objective, the activists anticipated that a shutdown could occur — and worked with members of the Tea Party caucus in Congress who were excited about drawing a red line against a law they despise.
A defunding “tool kit” created in early September included talking points for the question, “What happens when you shut down the government and you are blamed for it?” The suggested answer was the one House Republicans give today: “We are simply calling to fund the entire government except for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.”
The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation.
The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.
The groups have also sought to pressure vulnerable Republican members of Congress with scorecards keeping track of their health care votes; have burned faux “Obamacare cards” on college campuses; and have distributed scripts for phone calls to Congressional offices, sample letters to editors and Twitter and Facebook offerings for followers to present as their own.
One sample Twitter offering — “Obamacare is a train wreck” — is a common refrain for Speaker John A. Boehner.
As the defunding movement picked up steam among outside advocates, Republicans who sounded tepid became targets. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee dedicated to “electing true conservatives,” ran radio advertisements against three Republican incumbents.
Heritage Action ran critical Internet advertisements in the districts of 100 Republican lawmakers who had failed to sign a letter by a North Carolina freshman, Representative Mark Meadows, urging Mr. Boehner to take up the defunding cause.
“They’ve been hugely influential,” said David Wasserman, who tracks House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “When else in our history has a freshman member of Congress from North Carolina been able to round up a gang of 80 that’s essentially ground the government to a halt?”
On Capitol Hill, the advocates found willing partners in Tea Party conservatives, who have repeatedly threatened to shut down the government if they do not get their way on spending issues. This time they said they were so alarmed by the health law that they were willing to risk a shutdown over it. (“This is exactly what the public wants,” Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, said on the eve of the shutdown.)
Coalition Letter: Congress Must Honor Sequester Savings and Defund ObamaCare Before It Is Too Late
FreedomWorks has signed on to the following Memo to the Movement by the Conservative Action Project:
The current continuing resolution (CR) funding the government expires on March 27, setting up an opportunity for Congress and President Obama to honor the bi-partisan sequester savings already agreed upon. It also presents an opportunity to achieve even more savings by defunding and stopping the implementation of Obamacare, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported will force 7 million Americans out of their existing health insurance.
- Conservatives cannot support a CR that is above the sequester level of $974 billion annually. While many conservatives would prefer reprogramming defense cuts to other areas of discretionary spending (dollar for dollar cuts in the same year), the current sequester savings are better than none at all.
- Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare. This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and religious liberty.
A mere “date-change CR” is unacceptable. Although the Obama administration and others will argue the CR is not the appropriate legislative vehicle to defund Obamacare, it is easily done through a series of appropriation riders. Because the CR represents one of the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare, it must not be used to bargain on the upcoming sequester.
Issue in Brief:
On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the federally backed health care exchanges. On January 1, 2014, new money from Washington will begin flowing to states and individuals, all but ensuring that these new entitlements will become a permanent fixture of life in America. The window of opportunity to stop the implementation of these massive new subsidies is closing. Although many of Obamacare’s provisions are now the law of the land, many of the law’s most damaging and irreversible provisions do not take effect until 2014.
Once implemented, the new spending contained within Obamacare, primarily the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, will cost taxpayers more than$1.6 trillion over the next decade, according to the latest CBO estimates. Given the history of federal entitlement programs and the back-loaded nature of Obamacare spending, some estimate the full implementation cost could reach $2.6 trillion over ten years. It will increase the federal government’s health spending by 15 percent.
The issue is far from settled in the states, which are tasked with either implementing the wide-ranging mandates and invasive requirements put forth by Obamacare, or deferring such choices to the bureaucrats in Washington.
The fractured opinion amongst the states is one reason the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continually pushed back the deadline for states to make a decision on the exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
The invasive elements of Obamacare are not set in stone; in fact, elements of the law are already under assault from Republicans and Democrats alike. The CLASS Act was repealed and there is bipartisan support for eliminating the devastating Medical Device Tax.
Blueprint to Defunding Obamacare
Obamacare’s funding mechanisms are as complicated as the law itself, but they can be stopped through the appropriation process, which includes the upcoming continuing resolution.
- Federally Backed Exchanges. An appropriations rider must eliminate the refundable tax credits for premiums and the cost sharing subsidies that are essentially used to support insurance purchased in the Obamacare exchanges, which starts January 1, 2014.
- Medicaid Expansion. An appropriations rider must eliminate the enhance match funding for the Medicaid expansion, which takes effect January 1, 2014.
- Permanent Appropriations. Obamacare contains items called “permanent appropriations” which guarantee funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). An appropriations rider turns off funds for these so-called permanent appropriations, which are already in effect.
- Implementation. An appropriations rider must block the implementation of Obamacare, covering salaries, rulemaking, enforcement, etc.
- Life and Religious Liberty. Obamacare is an unprecedented attack on life and religious liberty. An appropriations rider must repeal the HHS mandate that attacks the religious values and principles of countless Americans.
- Miscellaneous Programs. An appropriations rider must block all funding for newly authorized discretionary programs contained in Obamacare and return reauthorized programs back to their pre-Obamacare levels.
Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
Club for Growth
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots
Concerned Women for America
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Americans for Limited Government
National Taxpayers Union
American Civil Rights Union
Traditional Values Coalition
Alfred S. Regnery
The Paul Revere Project
National Tax Limitation Committee
Susan B. Anthony List
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
The Honorable David McIntosh
Former U.S. Representative
Let Freedom Ring
Council for National Policy
Independent Women’s Forum
The Mommy Lobby
Heritage Action for America
Mathew D. Staver
Liberty Counsel Action
60 Plus Association
T. Kenneth Cribb
Former Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
Becky Norton Dunlop
Former White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
The Galen Institutue
Reagan Campaign Biographer
Rev. Lou Sheldon
Traditional Values Coalition
Inst. for Global Economic Growth
Council for National Policy
Angelo M. Codevilla
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
The Fund for American Studies
Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty
Center for Civic Virtue
Center for Civic Virtue
Gregory Management Co.
(All organizations listed for Identification purposes YOU need to know traitors for American freedom and civil liberty.)
Hopefully this will help you understand what is going on…..and if you need further help with the truth of this government shutdown…….
This government shutdown is racist and not very shy about it either.
Let me break it down for you who don’t know. Racist ass caucasians, and the hand full of house niggers who follow behind, sucking their nasty sweaty balls, do not want Barack Hussein Obama to be a success because he is Black. ObamaCARES is something that will put Barack Hussein Obama in the history books for much more than being the first Black human to be elected President Of The United States.
The Affordable Health Care Act elevates Barack Hussein Obama into the history books with The Presidents who implemented Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, The G.I. Bill. It secures a legacy no other caucasian POTUS has had since those great men who started the above mentioned social services.
Can you imagine an America without Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Veterans Benefits? In 30 years, Barack Hussein Obama will be known as the Father Of American Health Care. Now what racist ass cracka caucasian wants THAT?
What has been the headlines today, Government Shutdown or ObamaCARES Open Enrollment?
ObamaCARES…now that is something they just couldn’t allow to succeed.
They could NOT allow The Affordable Health Care Act to be a success. I mean how can some Harvard educated Black dude be mentioned in the same breath as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Social Security Act of 1935. They could not possibly “let” a Negro be thought of in the same way we think of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Medicare…heaven forbid!!
SO, the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS devised a plan to make Barack Hussein Obama the shame of the 44 Presidents. Make his signature legislation, legislation that saves lives and insures millions of Americans for the very FIRST time in their lives, The Affordable Health Care Act aka ObamaCARES, the single reason for shutting down the United States Government.
It’s ALL about race and ObamaCARES. P.E.R.I O.D.
And they were able to accomplish all this carnage for middle class federal employees and their families, middle class business owners, middle class workers, the poor, the elderly, American military personnel, children and expectant mothers, ONLY because you middle class voters sat on your lazy asses on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Grover Norquist and The Koch Brothers thank you.
What YOU going to do on “NO”vember 4th, 2014.
Wake The Fuck Up America. YOU are on your way to becoming The United States Of AmeriKKKa.
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